Official says Brazilian farmers can exploit Sino-US tension

Vice-governor Carlos Fávaro of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso thinks strains in relations between China and the United States may benefit Brazilian exporters of agricultural products, Reuters reports.

The news agency quotes Mr Fávaro as saying: “Signs of growing tensions between the United States and China may be a good opportunity for Brazil, given our prowess to produce grains like soy and corn.”

Mato Grosso is a grain-producing area.

The report says China has invested heavily in Brazilian agribusiness and infrastructure.

“China needs our raw materials and we need strong commercial ties with them, while maintaining our sovereignty,” Reuters quotes Mr Fávaro as saying.